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The Muslim Jesus: dead or alive ?


Date of creation
  • 2009   Gregorian
Preferred title

The Muslim Jesus: dead or alive ?   English  

Work type Single work
Non-literary work Discursive work
Work manifested Article
Work genre Textual work

Adult, serious


According to most classical Muslim commentators the Quran teaches that Jesus did not die. On the day of the crucifixion another person – whether his disciple or his betrayer – was miraculously transformed and assumed the appearance of Jesus. He was taken away, crucified, and killed, while Jesus was assumed body and soul into heaven. Most critical scholars accept that this is indeed the Quran's teaching, even if the Quran states explicitly only that the Jews did not kill Jesus. In the present paper I contend that the Quran rather accepts that Jesus died, and indeed alludes to his role as a witness against his murderers in the apocalypse. The paper begins with an analysis of the Quran's references to the death of Jesus, continues with a description of classical Muslim exegesis of those references, and concludes with a presentation of the Quran's conversation with Jewish and Christian tradition on the matter of Jesus' death.

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Created at 19-06-2017 by Dalal Adib (IDEO)

Updated at 19-06-2017 by Dalal Adib (IDEO)